Students in Medan push motorcycles to fuel price protest action

Source – November 19, 2014
Students protest against fuel price hikes in Medan - November 19, 2014 (Merdeka)
Students protest against fuel price hikes in Medan - November 19, 2014 (Merdeka)

Yan Muhardiansyah – A number of different student groups in the North Sumatra provincial capital of Medan continue to hold protest actions against the government’s recent increase in the price of fuel (BBM).

On the afternoon of Wednesday November 19, a demonstration was held by the Islamic Students Association (HMI).

Scores of HMI demonstrators from the Medan chapter held an action in front of the North Sumatra Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) office voicing their opposition to the fuel price hike.

“The government’s policy in increasing fuel prices has already hurt the people’s feelings”, said action spokesperson HMI Medan chairperson Mirza Zam Zami.

During the action, the protesters set fire to tyres and violently shook the fence surrounding the building until in the end council members came out to meet with and listen to their demands.

The demonstrators also showed their opposition by an action in which they pushed their motorcycles to the demonstration in front of the DPRD building. They also pushed instead of riding their motorcycles as they moved away from the DPRD.

“We are holding this action so that the government knows that we oppose the fuel price hike”, explained Zami. [mtf]

[Translated by James Balowski.]